V.I.B. (very impressive book) Picks

 

Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: Tattered Cover V.I.B. (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books. 

 

Our latest selection is:

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Elvis is a 12-year-old who lives in Freedom, Alabama, with her father, her sister, Lizzie, and a dog named Boomer - and was named for the singer. Her mother has recently died, drowned while swimming in her sleep (or so she has been told), and Elvis is trying desperately to make sense of how and why. A sympathetic counselor at Elvis' school tells her it takes 18 months to recover from such a loss. The story may tug at your heart, but it is filled with humor - honest and sometimes dark, but truly funny. The story triumphs over the circumstances.

Elvis Babbit has joined a select list of my favorite young characters. This smart funny young lady is coping with the death of her mother and a cast of dysfunctional adults, most importantly her Dad and sister. How she rallies the family, and deals with her own grief at a vulnerable age makes this one of my favorite stories.

Her Mom would bake a Rabbit Cake as a special treat for special occasions. Rabbit Cake is a very special treat - the book that is.  -- Michael Parker, Aspen Grove Manager

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Rabbit Cake Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040560
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Published: Tin House Books - March 7th, 2017

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The Impossible Fortress Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 7th, 2017

The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594631580
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 10th, 2017

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780761169086
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 20th, 2016

News of the World Cover Image
$22.99
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 4th, 2016

A Gentleman in Moscow Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062388674
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Published: Harper - August 25th, 2015

The Light of Paris Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399158919
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 12th, 2016

Homegoing Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947135
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 7th, 2016

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Redemption Road Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780312380366
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - May 3rd, 2016

The Nest Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062414212
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Published: Ecco Press - March 22nd, 2016

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl: Fiction Cover Image
$16.00
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Published: Penguin Books - February 23rd, 2016

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$17.00
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Published: Anchor Books - January 26th, 2016

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062270412
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Published: Harper - January 5th, 2016

Bestselling British writer Tessa Hadley's The Past brings four middle-aged siblings and their families together for what might be their last summer holiday in the family's country home. Old family dynamics and surprising new twists make for a delightful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Hadley's storytelling deftly weaves the family's past, with all its ghosts and memories, jealousies and nearly unconditional love in with its present reality of squabbling and deep affection. Each player in The Past is uniquely engaging: from fading beauty Alice with her ex-boyfriend's 20 year old son Kasim, in tow, sister Frans's odd and captivating young children Ivy and Arthur, Harriet, lonely and harboring a dark and secret longing, and all the others, each with an agenda, all under one roof. The perfect storm for an utterly wonderful, brilliantly crafted novel. The Telegraph calls The Past keenly intelligent, and I certainly agree. A wonderful way to begin your reading year. -- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer


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City on Fire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385353779
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 13th, 2015

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Published: Ecco Press - September 15th, 2015

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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 1st, 2015

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Speak Cover Image
$27.99
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Published: Ecco Press - July 7th, 2015

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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 30th, 2015

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The Rocks Cover Image
$27.95
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 26th, 2015

Everything I Never Told You Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Press - June 26th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780143127550
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

The World Before Us Cover Image
$26.00
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Published: Hogarth - March 31st, 2015

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The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell Cover Image
$25.99
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 17th, 2015

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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 20th, 2015

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Descent Cover Image
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Neverhome Cover Image
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The Painter Cover Image
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The Night Guest Cover Image
$26.00
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The Bone Season Cover Image
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 20th, 2013